(63 Episodes) "The Fibber McGee & Molly Show," one of the longest-running radio sitcoms, premiered on NBC Radio Network in 1935, remaining popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of American household entertainment.
* SYNOPSIS: Much of the show's humor relied on recurring gags, unseen regulars & punchlines that popped up here & there for its many broadcast years. ** THE McGEE'S HALL CLOSET **: One of the running FM&M jokes was about the McGee's hall closet. For example, "Fibber Snoops For Presents In Closet." Another closet storyline was the episode named "Hall Closet." These are just two of the many FM&M episodes which brought up mention of Fibber's messy hallway closet.*
* SPONSOR: In a style not unusual for the classic radio years, the program would usually open the 29-and-a-half minute broadcast with the audience in full laughter, as Harlow Wilcox announced: "The Johnson Wax Program with Fibber McGee and Molly!" Wilcox's intro pitch lines usually were met with groans or humorously sarcastic lines by Fibber.
During the many years that the show was sponsored by Johnson Wax, Fibber nicknamed Wilcox "Waxy," due to Wilcox's constant praises of their various products. Each episode also featured a mid-show appearance by announcer, Harlow Wilcox, whose job it was to weave the second ad for the sponsor into the plot without having to break the show for a real commercial.
* JIM & MARIAN JORDAN: The stars of the program, natives of Peoria, Illinois, were real-life husband James "Jim" Jordan (Nov 16 1896 - April 1 1988) and wife, Marian Driscoll (April 15 1898 - April 7 1961). Jordan was the 7th of 8 children born to James Edward Jordan and Mary (nee Tighe) Jordan while Driscoll was the 7th & final child born to Daniel P. and Anna (nee Carroll) Driscoll. Both Jim & Marian attended the same Catholic Church, where they met, and married in 1918. They had two children, both born in Peoria, Kathryn Therese Jordan (1920-2007) & James Carroll Jordan (1923-1998). * Source: Wikipedia OTR * def gp ddh
January 4, 2020 Subject:
Fibber McGee & molly cherished OTR program
Fibber McGee I did not discover the show until relatively recent- even tho' I listen to a LOT of otr programs- not sure why I didn't listen to them earlier, but I adore them. Sure wish I had grown up during the era these were aired on radio. What a wonderful time, and what great, really hilarious skits & jokes! I am no where near old enough to "remember OTR" but these are gold.
October 12, 2019 Subject:
Greatest Radio Show - Just My Opinion
Fibber McGee & Molly is my all time favorite show, especially the pre-war years.
July 24, 2013 Subject:
A few errors in dates.
Thanks for posting these! Just a note on a couple of shows.
FM&M 1936-01-22 Amateur Show One Long Pan is a Fred Allen.
FM&M 1936-05-04 #0056 The Haircut is really a cut version of fm390321 Fibber Thinks he is going bald.
FM&M 1937-06-07 #0113 Molly Loses Her Diamond Ring is really fm420203 Lost Diamond Ring.
FM&M 1937-07-19 #0119 Homecoming Program is really
fm400409 Returning from acting in Lux Radio Theatre.
January 21, 2013 Subject:
The reason possibly (I haven't listened to them yet) is that Harold Peary appeared on several episodes of The Johnson Wax Program (Fibber McGee & Molly or Fibber McGee & Company while Marian Jordon was away from the show dealing with her alcoholism) prior to the character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve becoming the next door neighbor.
As of 1/21/2013 - I've finally listened to some of these "Gildersleeve" episodes. The Gildersleeve as a dentist, was Wilberforce Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) who went to grade school with Fibber and Molly. The GIldersleeve Memory course also had Harold Peary as a sales person with a different name, but promoting the Gildersleeve Memory Course. Apparently Don Quinn was using "Gildersleeve" initially as a comedic name before Harold Peary became the character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. He also had different jobs before owning the Gildersleeve Girdle Works.
Why are some of the files around 50MB? That's huge compared to other Fibber McGee & Molly (or in these cases, Fibber McGee & Company) files.
November 17, 2011 Subject:
Harlow call me "Harpo" Wilcox
I had to listen to the series a couple of times before I was sure but, for at least part of the first season, Harlow Wilcox introduced himself as "Harlow, call me 'Harpo' Wilcox. I imagine conflict with the popular Marx Brother of that name resulting in the new, and certainly more apt, nickname "Waxy".
February 7, 2011 Subject:
Good to have the '30s in one place
The Fibber '30s clips have been absent from Archive for a long time.
One tech note: the clip labeled
1935-07-22 #0015 The Baseball Instructor
is actually from 1942.
It's really this episode:
though it may not be the same physical recording.